Acoustic Emission Monitoring of Seepage

by Robert M. Koerner, (M.ASCE),
Luis F. Baldivieso,
W. Martin McCabe,

Serial Information: Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering Division, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 4, Pg. 521-526

Document Type: Journal Paper


This technical note is presented with the goal in mind of showing the technical feasibility of the method and of quantifying certain aspects of AE monitoring of seepage of water through soil. The work is a laboratory study in which both clear water and turbid water were passed through a column of soil at various flow velocities. Flow rates are AE rates from these laboratory test are then compared to a previously-conducted field study at the site of reservoir leakage beneath a small earth dam.

Subject Headings: Laboratory tests | Soil water | Field tests | Acoustic techniques | Emissions | Feasibility studies | Water flow | Seepage

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